Adventures in 3-D

Boxes and boxes to stack. How high can they go?
Mounds and mounds of wood…piled high, overlapped, glued.
Handfuls of pom poms of all colors and sizes…glittery ones too.
Jars of buttons in every shape, color and size
Glittering jewels sparkling
Yards of yarn in the colors of the rainbow…

What can be created with all these goodies????

Imaginary playgrounds sporting vivid watercolor and oil pastel finishes
Warm and cool canvases adorned with squiggles of yarn, glitter glue, buttons galore, translucent glitter, pom poms and more!
Wire sculptures twisting and turning
And – 3-D collages fun of color and fun!

Join the fun during “Adventures in 3-D”, Week 1, June 10-14, Ages 4-5 and 6-7.

Amazing Landscapes and Vibrant Villages


Cabinet doors transformed with the vibrant colors of Unicorn SPiT – blue, teal, purple and a tinge of white.


Bowls of sea glass, rocks, buttons, glass cabochons, marbles, pearls, seed beads, shells, colored wooden matchsticks, mirror tiles, pearls, old jewelry …bowls and bowls of ephemera just waiting to become part of a masterpiece.


Creating a cliffside village with collected driftwood anchoring whimsical cottages – all made from cut wooden spools.

Imagine the fun…

Creating swirls of beads, bridges of stones, path of pearls, moons hanging from rhinestones, and suns sparkling with gleaming beads and shiny buttons.

Imagine…just imagine…

Creating the perfect place to dwell…

Our young artists did just that in 2018 and they were spectacular…just spectacular!! 

Photos: “A Perfect Place to Dwell” Camp, July, 2018

Don’t miss the fun this summer….

The Unicorn SPiT, cabinet doors, and bowls of ephemera will be back again in 2019.  This summer our artists will be creating horizontal assemblages of villages nestled in the rolling hills of the countryside as well as painting acrylic landscapes.

Amazing Landscapes and Vibrant Villages, Week 5, July 8-12, Ages 8-10 and 11-14

Painting Self Portraits

Are we creative?
Do our artists create amazing masterpieces?
Do our artists have fun!
Perfect example: Self-portraits using a glue technique.
Our artists created masterpieces of themselves…colorful, large, abstract!
They used simple supplies… photographs, transparencies, an overhead projector, large stretched canvases, pencils, glue, acrylic paints…and… vivid imaginations thinking in brilliant color.
Voila! Striking works of art!

Photos: “The Great Pour” Camp, Ages 8-14, June, 2018

Creativity Abounds Here!

Young artists create, inspire us all, and have fun at Art First Inc.!!!  Colors pop and imagination rules!

Paint brushes brim with vibrant colors, fingers swirl in paint, spray bottles create luscious designs, and masterpieces are painted on our beloved easel that has layers of colors telling the story of many young artists.

Clay is shaped between fingers and morphed into clay frogs flying on lily pads (Tuesday by David Wiesner), arctic polar bears, or miniature worlds brimming with flowers, dragons, rainbows and pure imagination.

Whimsical animals come alive with the stroke of a brush dipped in bright neon paint. Brightly patterned fish and world-like pods emerge from layers of color sporting unique marks, and creative animals are collaged and sewn on burlap canvases.


Self-portraits, Picasso style are painted – with a twist, Mondrian canvases are cooperatively created in bright primary colors and Van Gogh sunflowers are designed…but not with paint!

“Spies” stealthfully navigate a laser beam maze, pirates decked out in regalia hunt for gold and walk the plank, and mermaid tails glisten with jewels and glitter.

Tricycles peddle through paint, elephant toothpaste explodes and soft “Cat in the Hat” pillows are designed by young artists for hours of snuggle time.


Faerie houses sport New York City skylines, chic shops, modern apartments and lush rooftop gardens.

Rolling Monsters are given personality and pizazz with papier mache and plaster, blob monsters appear, and scribble monsters too.

Gourds are transformed into bowls sporting shimmering alcohol inks and unique gourd birds with attitude, showy feathers and majestic colors flirt on the front lawn.


Beads galore are turned into necklaces and Gelli plates are the vehicle for colorful monoprints. Even faces are painted on see-through plexiglass and then printed for a unique portrait. (shown above)

Sewing machines whirr – aprons and pillowcases appear, fleece mermaid blankets or shark tails are designed and flip flops take on colorful embellishments.

Prisms sparkle, light boxes glow, water beads swell, and rainbows appear.


It is an amazing summer at Art First. Our young artists continue to delight! Come see the creativity, tour the classrooms, and take part in the creative joy that fills our building! Summer is magical here!!

Action! Art! Take Two!

Imagine…peddling through paint on a tricycle…wheels covered in dripping paint and track marks that sport the colors of the rainbow.
Imagine…dancing away to the beat of music while creating a “smooshed” masterpiece just from amazing dance moves.
Imagine…working with a partner to swirl, swing and shake “paint bags” dangling from a long, slender stick. Hint: There’s a hole in the paint bags…😊
Imagine…swinging like a pendulum while paint creates abstract designs.
Imagine…dipping Slinkys in paint and bouncing them up and down on a canvas – “boing”, “boing”, “boing”.
Imagine…squirting paint at paper, painting with feet, popping paint balloons, chasing paint filled bubbles for popping art and more!

Action! Art! Take Two! is going to be a week of rip-roaring fun! Leave the good clothes at home. Wear old clothes that would love new paint designs and join the adventure. Don’t worry – we’ll have buckets of soapy water for those colorful hands and feet. That’s fun too!  Hmmm – sounds like soapy bubble prints could happen also!
Action! Art! Take Two! Week 5, July 9-13, Ages 4-5, 6-7.
Instructor: Colleen Loughlin

Camp Starts June 12!

Three weeks! Three weeks until the creative fun begins! WOW! It will be here in a heartbeat…which means I am busy, busy, busy!
My days are filled with…

lists, lists, lists

compiling, double checking, marking off

Shopping, shopping, shopping

Ordering and ordering



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I go through teacher supply lists, consolidate by stores and catalogs, compare prices and gather coupon codes and coupons. Then the ordering begins…new student grade non-toxic acrylics, more BioColor (our favorite!!!), books, beads, glues, glitter, special papers, inks, clay, banners, mirrors, feathers, Dr. Seuss top hats, pirates’ hats and monocles, boas, journals, stencils, paint markers, a new type of felt, special crochet thread to make sewing easier for little hands, huge eyelashes for rolling monsters, prisms, brushes, a clay cart and so much more!

Then, off to favorite stores!. Things jump out…

“How can we use this in a different way?
“What if we did this?”
“This is perfect!”

Art First Summer Camp For Kids Hockessin DEI find pool toys…we can print with them. Magnetic blocks…we can mix colors with them. Color changing eggs…what if we put them in the freezer…outside on the sidewalk? Monstrous fuzzy sticks…they could be amazing soft sculptures.

Art First Summer Camp For Kids Hockessin DEI find Dr. Seuss bags (Hurray!) Pirates’ chests, rocks of all sizes, shapes and colors, frames, flashlights, patriotic sunglasses, ping pong balls, moss topiaries for the faeries’ roof top gardens, spaghetti and spiked balls – we are going to paint with these, flashlights, boxes of wood pieces, hand held mirrors, fairy wings, sand toys, foam sheets, glitter, jewels, bubbles, and more! My dining room and upstairs bedroom are full of goodies!

Wood is purchased by my woodworker extraordinaire. After sawing, nailing, and sanding it will become the canvases for art projects, surprise outdoor fun, and of course, faerie houses – amid the skyscrapers of New York City!

Art First Summer Camp For Kids Hockessin DEI dig out the stored goodies purchased throughout the winter: gourds just waiting to be transformed into paisley chickens, gorgeous bowls, and small fairy cottages; baskets snagged after Easter that will become the home for a magical fairy land; stretched canvases for whimsical creatures and toy cars and trucks whose destiny is to become a rolling monster. What else is waiting to be rediscovered in those basement bins?

It’s a creative time, an exciting time and a hectic time…all rolled together. How can I only have three weeks left??????

But…  Time doesn’t stand still and we aren’t either. I’m planning, organizing, shopping…making sure everything is in order for the summer. Our amazing teachers are dreaming up new ideas and methods, planning, experimenting and prepping. It’s all coming together!

Join us this summer.

We’re working hard to make it the best creative time ever!
Week 1 starts June 12th. It’s going to be great!Art First Summer Camp For Kids Hockessin DE

Art First Summer Camp For Kids Hockessin DE

Toy trucks, destined to be Rolling Monsters (week 8: July 31-Aug 4)

Oh, Yes! We Have Art Supplies!

It’s that time of the year. Our camps are filling, instructors have finalized their supply lists and I’m compiling my lists of materials needed to make the summer full of color, creativity and fun!

“In my mind I’m reviewing all the supplies we have. I’m also exploring new materials to add to those supplies…and do we have supplies…”

Art First Inc, summer camp for kids, Hockessin, DEWe have paints of all kinds and colors and best of all – non-toxic. There are: BioColors, our most favorite paints…classic, fluorescent, and metallic with “make it shimmer, glitter and puffy” additives. Glitter paints, finger paints, foam paints, activity paints, oil pastels, confetti paints, puffy paints, acrylic paints, watercolors, liquid watercolors – regular and glitter, color changing paints, fabric paints and more…all non-toxic!

“What new paint should we create with this summer?”

We have a plethora of materials for our young artists to paint with…Brushes of all sizes and shapes – chubby, rounds, flats, fans and foam, Q-tips, marbles, brooms, firemen’s helmets, balls, sponges, straws, magnets, toothbrushes, monster feet, string, sponges, scrapers, dot markers…and… fingers, hands and feet!

“What new materials should we paint with this summer?”

We have collage materials that would make a collage artist envious: fabrics, painted papers, ribbon, beads, rick rack, washi tape, buttons, yarn, glitter, jewels, Nuddles, wood, stones, chenille stems, confetti, googly eyes, pom poms, feathers, flowers, fluff and much, much more!

“What amazing material can I add to the ephemera for our artists?”

We have clay of all kinds and colors: Air dry clay – red and gray, Model Magic, paper clay, play dough, Incredible Foam dough, and Sculpey clay.

“What new clay medium can I find for our artists to knead, experiment with, develop skills and just have fun?”

And paper…do we have paper!

Watercolor, mixed media, Bristol board, tracing paper, construction paper, tissue paper, finger paint paper, sulphite paper, cardstock, poster board, butcher paper- brown and white, Yupo, drawing paper, Bare Books journals, handmade paper, scrapbooking paper and deli wrap paper…

“What’s next to explore?”

We have so much more to offer our artists…Easels, class loom, lap looms, tapestry table, outdoor easel, Gelli plates and brayers, wool for needle felting and specialty needle felting supplies, insect boxes, magnifying glasses, bug eye vision glasses, markers of all shapes and sizes, stencils and stamps by the dozens, Stabilo pencils, charcoal pencils, Gelly Roll pens, gelatos, NeoColor crayons, Inktense pencils, AquaColor crayons, blocks, Legos, stretched canvases, wooden painting panels, canvas panels, frames, glues of all kinds and on and on and on…

So…what’s new for this year? What should we experiment with, squish, pound, run our fingers through, and have fun with each day? Here’s the start of my list….

  • Pluffy Sculpey clay – soft, mixable, paintable and floats
  • Old tricycles to peddle through paint
  • Multicultural paint
  • Ultimate Art Paper to use with all art mediums
  • New paintbrushes for our older artists and our younger ones too
  • Balsa Foam for carving stamps
  • New brand of non-toxic student grade acrylic paint
  • Prisms
  • Color Mixing eye glasses
  • Scoops, rakes and buckets for the sandbox – Oh, yes! We are going to play in the sand!
  • Kinetic sand
  • Color changing eggs – The “Color Explosions” camp (ages 4-5 & 6-7) will love these!
  • Balls that light up when dropped. Imagine painting with those…
  • Special sized crochet thread so hand sewing is easier for our artists. Less twisting and knotting means more fun.
  • Hoola Hoops to transform into looms
  • Gourds for fabulous artwork
  • Magnetic shapes – Color mixing with these on the window is great!
  • Outdoor graffiti chalkboard
  • Outdoor Connect 4 yard game

And that’s just the beginning! Oh, Yes! We have supplies, supplies, supplies and they are for our young artists to have fun, fun, fun! I am so excited!!!!

I can’t wait for our artists to start creating! Come join us!

Parents Rate Art First Summer Camp: 5 Stars

Last month we shared Art First summer camp reviews from parents whose children were first time campers.  This month, we are proud to share reviews of the 2016 camp from the parents of returning campers.

Art First is a summer camp for kids.  It’s messy, fun, and creative.  Our young artists challenge themselves and are proud of what they create.  Our instructors are amazing and love working with young artists.  Please read our reviews to see why so many of these artists return year after year.

Parent Reviews – Art First Summer Camp – 2016

  • “I had three boys attend – they were 4, 6, and 7 and did the morning session for their age group the week of July 4th. All three of them really enjoyed it! The projects they did were very creative and fun! And I love the small class size! The two and a half hour time is perfect for them to get out and do something fun! This was our second summer and we’ll definitely be coming back! It’s a wonderful program!” (ages 4,6,7)
  • “Each year gets better than the last. We can’t wait for 2017!” (age 6-7)
  • “Love Art First! My boys have always had a great time!” (ages 4-5 & 8-10)
  • “We have been going to Art First for years and are always so happy with the artistic development we see in our children after each camp session. We love the materials they work with, the themes, and all of the instructors.” (age 8-10)
  • “L.. had a wonderful time and can not wait to return next summer with his little sister. Our family absolutely loves this summer camp 5 star camp.” (age 8-10)
  • “My child just could not wait to comeback and learn about art. How much fun art can be.” (age 8-10)
  • “K.. loved Fairy House camp this year!” (age 8-10)
  • “Wonderful crafts and take away projects that students could create and keep.” (age 8-10)
  • “You and your team are phenomenal. Both boys loved the camp and can’t wait to attend next summer.” (age 8-10)
  • “My children thoroughly enjoyed the classes this summer.” (ages 8-10 & 11-14)
  • “J.. has loved every one of your camps that she has attended! She hasn’t stopped sewing yet.” (age 11-14)

Summer will soon be here. We can’t wait to see our returning artists.  Please join us! If you have any questions, please email me.  (diane AT artfirstinc DOT com)


Teacher’s Assistants Wanted!

  • Love art?
  • Love working with children?
  • Love learning new things?
  • Do you want to have fun this summer?

Join our staff as a Teacher’s Assistant (TA)* and do all four. Have fun assisting the children as they paint, collage or simply play. Assist the instructor with class preparation, provide class assistance during projects, and help with daily classroom maintenance. Develop friendships, work with new art media, and spend time with children on their creative journey.

If you have two or more weeks available this summer, please join us. Teacher Assistants who volunteer for three or more weeks will be able to participate in an older level class without charge. (If the class chosen is full, the TA may select another class.)

Hours: Monday 8:00-3:30, Tuesday through Friday 8:30-3:30

*This is a great opportunity for community service hours, senior projects or just getting involved in the community. Applicants must be 15 years old or older. It is a volunteer position and hours will be logged. All necessary documentation will also be completed.

Want to know more?

Join the Art First team! We would love to have you!

Art First’s Amazing Art Instructors

Our Art First instructors are truly A-MA-ZING!!!!!

They are

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Love art

Love teaching art

Love kids

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Our instructors are









Stay late

Share expertise and passions

Ask each other for help

Challenge our young artists

And so much more!

They start with an idea…a glimpse of a theme featuring art activities and lots of fun! They develop age appropriate lesson plans that help our students develop and grow, learn new skills, experiment with new mediums, have new experiences and have FUN!

Our instructors research the newest techniques, follow contemporary artists, experiment with new mediums, learn from each other and other artists, take classes and bring those experiences and expertise to our students.


They take the children where they are. Art First Inc. Summer Camp for Children, Hockessin, DelawareCan’t cut with scissors? What to do? Roll play dough snakes and cut, cut, cut…with scissors! Perfect! “I can’t draw.”Oh, yes you can – because you can draw a line and lines make squiggles, zig zags, go up hills and down hills, make curves…make pictures. They’re all lines!

Part of the fun is process art: Experimentation, Exploring, Learning. The young artists gain skills that can be used to create amazing masterpieces as our instructors guide them, teach new methods and encourage them.

On any day at Art First our instructors engage our young artists in:

Experimenting with finger paints, foam paints, BioColor paints

Painting with fly swatters, marbles, fireman’s helmets

Exploding elephant’s toothpaste, watching colors dance

Sculpting miniature worlds, rolling monsters, ice castles

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Competing in the Art First Olympic Games

Listening to treasured books

Playing with snow dough

Constructing fairy doors

Making paper and Kokeshi dolls

Freeing a Lego Man from an ice berg

Constructing tree houses, chairs and shelves

Playing a game of crochet using pink flamingoes

Knitting infinity scarves, wiggling under a “laser” maze

Painting with wool, making colorful ice cream cone collages

Creating princess cone hats, knights’ helmets, hobby horses to ride

Stitching pajamas, walking the red carpet, building faerie houses that astound

Our instructors make art fun! They believe in their students. “Trust yourself, we do.” They are the heart and soul of Art First. They bring art alive!

They help children

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Be spontaneous

Solve problems in different ways

Trust themselves

Work together

Stretch their wings and “FLY”

They delight in the wonder in our young artists’ eyes. They delight in our young artists’ accomplishments and the pride swelling inside of each child. They are Art First. They are a team. They are A-MA-ZING!!!